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Faculty Scholarship & Impact

The Criminal Justice Program’s faculty is ranked among the best in the nation, including the top ten in scholarly impact, with both Christopher Slobogin and Nancy King ranked in the top twelve of all criminal law and procedure professors in the nation.

Criminal Law Faculty Scholarship

    • Owen Jones, “Parsing the Behavioral and Brain Mechanisms of Third-Party Punishment,” 36 Journal of Neuroscience 9420 (2016) (with M. Ginther, R. Bonnie, M. Hoffman, F. Shen, K. Simons and R. Marois)
    • Owen Jones, "From Blame to Punishment: Disrupting Prefrontal Cortex Activity Reveals Norm Enforcement Mechanisms," 87 Neuron 1 (2015) (with 6 others)
    • Nancy King, "Plea Bargaining’s Quiet Revolution: Managerial Judging and Judicial Plea Negotiations," Texas Law Review (forthcoming 2016)
    • Nancy King, Criminal Procedure (hornbook) (West 6th ed. 2016) (with 3 others)
    • Nancy King, Modern Criminal Procedure (West 14th ed. 2015)
    • Nancy King, "Jury Nullification," in Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford Univ. Press 2015)
    • Nancy King, Criminal Procedure and the Constitution: Leading Supreme Court Cases and Introductory Text (rev. ed. 2015) (with 3 others)
    • Robert Mikos, "How to Make Preemption Less Palatable: State Poison Pill Legislation," 85 George Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2017)
    • Robert Mikos, "Marijuana Localism," 65 Case Western University Law Review 719 (2015)
    • Michael Newton, "How the International Criminal Court Threatens Treaty Norms," 49 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 371 (2016)
    • Michael Newton, "Charging War Crimes: Policy and Prognosis," Chapter 28 in The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court: A Critical Account of Challenges and Achievements (Carsten Stahn editor, Oxford University Press, 2015)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "Policing as Administration," 165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 91 (2016)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards: Revisions for the Twenty-First Century," 44 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 1 (2016)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "The Science of Gatekeeping: Using the Structure of Scientific Inference to Draw the Line Between Admissibility and Weight in Expert Testimony," 110 Northwestern University Law Review 859 (2016) (with David Faigman & John. Monahan)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "Teaching a Course on Regulation of Police Investigation—A Multi-Perspective, Problem-Oriented Course," 60 St. Louis University Law Review 527 (2016) (symposium)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "Plea Bargaining and the Substantive and Procedural Goals of Criminal Justice: From Retribution and Adversarialism to Preventive Justice and Hybrid-Inquisitorialism," 57 William & Mary Law Review 1505 (2016) (symposium)
    • Christopher Slobogin, "A Defense of Privacy as the Central Value Protected by the Fourth Amendment," 48 Texas Tech Law Review 143 (2016) (symposium)

Faculty Scholarly Presentations

Spring 2018

January 6: Christopher Slobogin, “Problems with the Kids-are-Different Framing of the Court’s Juvenile Cases,” on “Juveniles, Incarceration and the Constitution: A Conversation” panel, AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California

January 23: Michael Newton, “The International Criminal Court versus U.S. Interests: Shifting yet Stable?”, University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee

February 3: Christopher Slobogin, “Principles of Risk Assessment,” University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville

February 5: Michael Newton, “Making Modern War: Tensions and Teleologies,” Whitney Harris Lecture Series, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri

February 9: Christopher Slobogin, “Medication and Incompetence to Proceed,” Texas A & M Law School, College Station, Texas

February 15: Christopher Slobogin, Faculty Insights Panel, Demystifying the PTRC and the Tenure Process, Vanderbilt University

February 15: Christopher Slobogin, “Principles of Risk Assessment,” Forensic Interest Group, Vanderbilt University

February 20: Michael Newton, “Investigating ISIS,” Levin College of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

February 22: Christopher Slobogin, “A Defense of Risk-Based Sentencing,” University of Washington Law School workshop, Seattle, Washington

February 23: Michael Newton, “Complexity and Accountability: The Future of the ICC,” Center for Law, Ethics, and National Security, Duke Law School, Raleigh North Carolina

March 2: Ed Cheng, "Thoughts on Daubert at 25 Years," Defense Research Institute, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar, Nashville, Tennessee

March 5: Ed Cheng, “Moving Beyond the Witness,” University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Faculty Workshop, Toronto, Canada

March 6: Ed Cheng, "Fair Division of Attorneys' Fees," University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Law and Economics Colloquium, Toronto, Canada

March 10: Christopher Slobogin, Moderator and Organizer, Legal Scholars Panel, American Psychology-Law Society, Memphis, Tennessee

March 10: Christopher Slobogin, Discussant, “Special Session on Statistics and Law,” APLS

March 16: Michael Newton, “Of Dossiers and Due Process: Current Trends at the International Criminal Court,” William and Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia

March 29: Ed Cheng, "Fair Division of Attorneys' Fees," George Mason University Law School, Law and Economics Colloquium, Arlington, Virginia

April 4: Christopher Slobogin, Criminal Competencies, American Board of Forensic Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana

April 6: Christopher Slobogin, Moderator and Organizer, Big Data and Criminal Justice:  Equity and Fairness, Plenary Panel, Vanderbilt University

April 13-14: Christopher Slobogin, “A Defense of Risk-Based Sentencing,” Conference on Risk-Based Sentencing, Oxford University, England

April 16: Michael Newton, “A Critical Assessment of the United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual.” Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, Ireland

April 23: Christopher Slobogin, “Social Science and the Fourth Amendment,” University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville

April 26: Ed Cheng, “Beyond Fake News: Lay Decisions About Expert Topics,” Lund University Faculty of Law, Colloquium on Evidence Theory, Lund, Sweden

May 15: Christopher Slobogin, “Medication and Incompetence to Proceed,” Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 29: Michael Newton, “Non-International Armed Conflict in the Current Context,” Fugh Symposium, Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO) at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS), Charlottesville Virginia

May 30: Christopher Slobogin, “Policing and the Cloud: Five Regulatory Categories,” Privacy Law Scholars’ Conference, Washington, D.C.

Media Commentary

BBC: Do long prison sentences deter crime? - May 16, 2018 -  Christopher Slobogin

Wall Street Journal: Lawyer’s office is unusual target for federal agents - April 10, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

The Wall Street Journal: States consider laws allowing courts to take guns from dangerous people - March 2, 2018 -  Christopher Slobogin

The Washington Post: The Health 202: Here’s one reason the Florida shooter wasn’t blocked from getting a gun - February 23, 2018 - Christopher Slobogin

ABC News: What’s next in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference - October 31, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Mashable: Google Clips is a camera that snaps its own pics, but some have privacy concerns - October 10, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The New York Times Magazine: When ‘Not Guilty’ is a Life Sentence - September 27, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Popular Science: Your DNA probably didn’t make you do it - September 19, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

CNBC: I asked 12 legal experts if the latest Trump-Russia news showed obstruction of justice - August 3, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

Vox: I asked 6 legal experts if Trump obstructed justice. Here’s what they told me. - June 7, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The Telegraph (U.K.): What happens if Donald Trump is impeached and who would be the next president? - May 22, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

The Tennessean: CoreCivic sees volatility as ‘Trump trade’ - May 22, 2017 -  Christopher Slobogin

Reuters: Trump asked Comey to end investigation of Michael Flynn: source - May 17, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin; the story also appeared in Yahoo! News .

BBC: Could Trump be guilty of obstruction of justice? - May 12, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Government Technology - Tech will require continued adjustment and definition within the law, experts say - May 11, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Bloomberg BNA: Can you hear them now? Robbers ask SCOTUS for phone privacy - May 10, 2017 - Christopher Slobogin

Associated Press: Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks - March 13, 2017 - David Hudson

The Cannabist: Federal marijuana law enforcement: What you need to know - March 7, 2017 - Robert Mikos

Vocativ: Do sex offenders have a free speech right to use Facebook? - March 6, 2017 -David Hudson

USA Today: Can Trump pull funding from UC Berkeley? Not likely, experts say - February 6, 2017 -David Hudson

Vox: We’re about to see states’ rights used defensively against Trump  - December 12, 2016 - Robert Mikos

Chicago Tribune: Trump tweet suggests criminalizing flag desecration, sparks debate  - December 5, 2016 - David Hudson

December 2, 2016 - KETR  (Commerce, Texas) interviewed Edward Rubin , University Professor of Law and Political Science, about his book, Soul, Self, and Society: The New Morality and the Modern State.

The Cannabist: Across America, efforts to decriminalize marijuana are pitting cities vs. states - November 4, 2016 -Robert Mikos

CSPAN-2 (national) featured Robert Mikos, professor of law, on a panel from the 10th Circuit Court Bench and Bar Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, discussing the impact of legalized marijuana.

Business Insider: One convicted murderer is challenging the definition of free speech from behind bars - November 1, 2016 - David Hudson

The Cipher Brief: How the terrorist watchlist works - October 3, 2016 -Arjun Sethi

CCTV America interviewed Arjun Sethi, adjunct professor of law, about private prisons and mass incarceration in the U.S.

USA Today: Opinion: Hate-crime laws aren’t strong enough - August 23, 2016 -Arjun Sethi

NPR: ‘Guilty but mentally ill’ doesn’t protect against harsh sentences - August 3, 2016 - Christopher Slobogin

ProPublica: Wisconsin Court: Warning Labels Are Needed for Scores Rating Defendants’ Risk of Future Crime - July 15, 2016 - Christopher Slobogin

USA Today: Juror’s objection on race leads to new trial - April 27, 2016 Christopher Slobogin (The story also ran in The Tennessean on April 26.)

Nashville Scene: Sentenced without a trial - February 4, 2016 - Christopher Slobogin

Washington Post: Supreme Court: Life sentences on juveniles open for later reviews - January 26, 2016 - Christopher Slobogin

Washington Post: D.C. court considers how to screen out ‘bad science’ in local trials - November 24, 2015 - Edward Cheng

The Tennessean: Experts say longer sentences don’t reduce crime - October 19, 2015 - Christopher Slobogin

Daily Caller: House bill lets bureaucrats read your email without a warrant - October 9, 2015 - Christopher Slobogin

Washington Post: Here’s a way the government can easily get your phone records without even asking a judge - October 5, 2015 - Christopher Slobogin

Washington Post: Secret Service officials allowed to participate in probe of leak by agency - September 29, 2015 - Christopher Slobogin

News Archive


Christopher Slobogin presents "Contemporary Debates in Criminal Justice: Government Surveillance," as part of an online course designed to expose participants to the basic principles of criminal law and to constitutional doctrine governing the police and adjudication of crime



Brains on Trial: When Neuroscience Meets Criminal Law -
Alan Alda interviews Professor Owen Jones on the intersection of neuroscience and criminal law.